Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Last Jedi director to helm new Star Wars trilogy

Disney just performed an old Jedi mind trick on Wall Street The Last Jedi's Rian Johnson to create new Star Wars trilogy
Edmund Wade | 11 November, 2017, 01:12

The power of its characters and brands are the reason many investors stick with the company despite its challenges.

Not only was it announced that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson would spearhead another trilogy in the Star Wars universe detached from the main Episodes, but also that a live action series would be produced to be released on Disney's very own streaming service, tentatively dated for 2019.

"The Last Jedi" will be in cinemas from December 15, and as per the website - no Porgs are available for comment on this fantastic news!

Total revenue from Disney's cable business, the largest unit which includes ESPN and the Disney Channel, fell marginally to $3.95 billion in the fourth quarter, missing the $4.06 billion consensus of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Lucasfilm's president Kathleen Kennedy said in helming The Last Jedi, the director has proven that his vision is exactly what Disney wants moving forward.

It is important to note the separate "Skywalker saga", which means it will not base its stories around the main characters of the original, second or current trilogies. "He's a creative force, and watching him craft 'The Last Jedi" from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career.

"The Last Jedi" isn't in theatres yet, but its director, Rian Johnson, is already getting a big vote of confidence from Disney. He will write and direct the first movie in the new trilogy, which Lucasfilm has not announced a timeline for. "'Star Wars" is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. As it turns out, they weren't just lip service - they were the first clues The Last Jedi is extraordinary.

These announcements add to the heaps of Star Wars content on the horizon.

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